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Herborist is kind of like the Chinese Sulwhasoo or History Of Whoo.
Herborist uses traditional knowledge from the Chinese herbal science to create its precious products : delicate encounter between traditional knowledge and state-of-the-art contemporary cosmetics science. By disclosing its specific massage techniques, Herborist shows the way to a unique experience of beauty and well-being.
Chinese beauty values the hands and feet as much as the face and hair. The main energy channels (meridians) are concentrated in the palms of the hands and soles of the feet, making them more than simply a sign of elegance and refinement.
When performing treatment and massage rituals, because each part of the body connects to the palms and soles, applying pressure to specific zones is a means of acting on them.
In China, the feet are an important part of a woman’s beauty and power of seduction.
Foot Spa contains nothing but pure plant extracts with no chemical additives (not true!) . Dan shen (Salvia miltiorrhiza) root and safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) are two of these ingredients, chosen for their capacity to purify, refresh and tone the feet.
You’ll be amazed how wonderful the entire body feels when the feet are cared for.
Foot Spa stimulates acupuncture points and acts as a natural therapy by stimulating blood circulation and relaxing your entire being.
Your feet will be soft and silky-smooth.
As this brand is a high end product, one should expect no less from it’s packaging. Unlike The History Of Whoo’s royal-ish packaging, Herborist’s packaging is more like Sulwhasoo – elegant and simple with two dominant colors – white and green.
Foot Spa comes in a white 200ml plastic bottle.
Lovely shiny Chinese pattern on top of the bottle.
Ah… Already on the first line, there’s a number of ingredients that many would avoid these days. Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Triethylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol.. but there’s also lots of very beneficial Chinese herbs.
Parabens are not used here.. so the last few ingredients are the preservatives.
1. Polyquaternium 7 – Polyquaternium 7 is an anti-static agent and film former that is found primarily in hair care products such as shampoos, conditioners, and hair sprays, but is also seen in bath soaps and cleansing products. It prevents the buildup of static electricity and forms a thin coating on the hair shaft that is absorbed by the hair, inhibiting the hair from absorbing moisture and creating frizz.
2. Salvia Root (Salvia miltiorrhiza) / 丹参 – TCM doctors use salvia root to invigorate and move the blood. In animal experiments it has been shown to increase coronary blood flow, lower blood pressure slightly, improve microcirculation, and mitigate injury and accelerate recovery from ischemic attack.
3. Ledebouriella Root / Fangfeng – In Chinese language, the herb Ledebouriella Root has a meaningful name, which is called “Fangfeng.” Here “Fang” means prevention, and “feng” refers to wind. This herb is very good for expelling pathogenic wind and removing wind-dampness. These factors can cause many diseases including arthritis. The herb can also help stop pain and relieve spasms. In traditional Chinese medicine, Ledebouriella Root (Fangfeng) is used to treat common cold of the wind-cold type manifested as chills, fever, headaches and general body pain. It is also used for common cold of the wind-heat type shown as sore throat, headaches, and red eyes.
4. Cnidium Monnier Extracts / She chuang zi – Anti-microbe, Skin regeneration, Anti-itching
5. Sophora angustifolia root extract: Plant from Asia which is included in the Chinese Pharmacopoeia and used internally and externally. Contains flavonoids responsible for anti-tyrosinase activity.
6. Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent. A 2010 study linked triclosan usage in children with the development of allergies, suggesting that children with higher exposure to triclosan are more frequently diagnosed with allergies. Other studies have linked triclosan to allergic contact dermatitis in some individuals.
This Foot Spa really reminded me of Sulwhasoo’s First Aid Serum because of it’s color and scent ! It’s texture is that of a gel . I added a capful of Foot Spa into a small basin.
Notice that the gel doesn’t dissolve in the water. You will need to stir it and mix the gel together with the water! Foam will appear after that.
It’s extremely hard to review this product because we don’t know what to expect. It claims to improve blood circulation but it’s hard to review because when you plonge your feet into a basin of hot water, obviously that will already improve blood circulation! Relaxing your entire being? Well the scent did make me a little relaxed. But when you’re doing Foot Spa, you’re usually already in a relaxed state of mind. However it does claim to leave your feet soft and silky smooth which is true.
Repurchase? Maybe not unless it is on sale. The reason we bought this was because it was on 70% sales at that time! However, i would love to try other Herborist Products. Herborist Products can be found in Sephora in France.
The brand markets themselves as a ‘natural’ brand but their ingredient list is full of chemical ingredients. Deception!
Check out their official website : here
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